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Mar 14, 2013 05:53 PM

Pi Day: Strawberry Pie @ Elli's in Salinas

We commemorated Pie Day (3.14) with an individual strawberry pie, $4.25, house-baked at Elli's Great American. While I was somewhat leery of the gigantic berries, assuming they were cultivated more for looks than taste, fortunately, these were sweet and juicy, as good an early season berry as one can find. A sturdy butter cookie crust and pastry cream underneath, and a light glaze over the top of the strawberries completed the picture. Just right for a shared afternoon snack.

Other pie choices in the case today included coconut cream, chocolate-banana cream, blueberry-apple crisp, and apple pie.


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  1. I have liked everything I have eaten at Ellie's, including the house made potato chips!

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    1. re: karenfinan

      Glad to see you're still here, haven't heard a peep out of you for a while.

      Yes, Elli's is very solid across the board and has something for everyone. Funny you mention the potato chips. I went in there a little before dinner service would start and the staff were filling the trays with chips to have them ready to plunk down on tables. I almost asked them if I could have one to take with me. :)

      The basket of housebaked breads -- usually cornbread with a fruit butter and a coffee cake-like one -- also deserve special mention. As well as the wood-fired pizza and the desserts.

      1. re: Melanie Wong

        I moved to Alameda, and work in Preservation Park, so I have been lurking on that board until I have some things to report!

        1. re: karenfinan

          Ah ha! See you on the SF Bay Area board.